87 women members of self-help groups (SHGs) from different slum communities were felicitated upon getting either Sewing Machine or Domestic Flour Mill from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). All these women are part of the SHGs started and managed by Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS). It was a struggle for last 8 months for the staff of DBDS and the women; who fought for their economic rights and obtained it finally.
Fr. Bernard Fernandes (Principal of Don Bosco, Matunga) who was the chief guest for the program; in his speech congratulated these women and wished them good luck in their income generation endeavours. Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Rovin D’Mello (Executive Director of DBDS) placed on record the hardwork of the DBDS staff and the persistence of these women. He wholeheartedly extended his support to these women in their process of economic empowerment.
DBDS as an organisation believes and practices rights based approach to development, played a facilitative role in the whole process. The staff of DBDS linked these women to BMC’s gender budget scheme and educated them on their rights. It took about 8 months of continuous follow-up by these women to obtain their entitled economic assists of sewing machines and domestic flour mill from BMC. Hence, it was a dream come true for all these 87 women; when they were felicitated at the Don Bosco Provincial House building, Matunga.
Four of these women Reshma Ansari, Babli Naidu, Nanki Makvana and Shabnam Shaikh shared their future plans and dreams with the audience. Some of them even had tears in their eyes when they thanked Don Bosco for the help they received in their lives.